Australia claims incredible double gold in coxless four rowing

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Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle Mcintyre, pictured here celebrating.
Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle Mcintyre celebrate with their gold medals. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Australia has claimed an incredible double gold in coxless four rowing at the Tokyo Olympics, with the women's and men's teams both triumphing.

The women's team of Lucy Stephan, Rosemary Popa, Jessica Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre claimed gold on Wednesday morning.

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The men's team of Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill then made it double delight in their race.

The women's team qualified fastest for the final with an Olympic record.

And they backed up their performance in the final in an incredible finish to hold off the Netherlands.

The Australians surged out to a big lead early in the race and were forced to hold on for dear life as the Dutch team made a late surge.

The event returned to the Olympic rowing schedule after almost a 30-year absence, with the Aussies staking a claim as the new 'Oarsome Foursome'.

The Australians held off the Netherlands crew for silver, while Ireland won bronze.

Australia crossed the line in an Olympic best of six minutes 15.37 seconds, with the Netherlands 0.34 seconds behind.

The women's coxless four, which made its first and last appearance at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, replaces the lightweight men's four in this year's program as part of a push for gender equality.

Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill, pictured here winning the men's coxless fours.
Alexander Purnell, Spencer Turrin, Jack Hargreaves and Alexander Hill celebrate. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Aussie men make it double gold in rowing

The men's team then smashed Great Britain's dominance in the coxless four just 20 minutes later.

While Australia won gold in the men's four in 1992 and 1996 to earn the 'Oarsome Foursome' tag, Great Britain had won the event at every Olympics since.

The Australians got off to a fast start and were ahead at the halfway mark, with the Brits moving into second.

But with Hill lifting the stroke rating, the men in green and gold kept their boat in front as the field closed in.

They crossed the line in an Olympic best five minutes 42.76 seconds, with Romania 0.37 seconds behind.

It marked the fourth and fifth gold medals for Australia at the Tokyo Games.

Aussies took to social media in awe over the incredible double gold.

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